Currently, I am a Computational Scientist at Idaho National Laboratory developing the Multiphysics Object-Oriented Simulation Environment (MOOSE).
This page gives a brief overview of my research, teaching interests, and open-source code projects. For a more complete information please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a complete Ciriculum Vitae.
My primary research interest is understanding and modeling snow, especially as it relates to avalanches. Continuing this focus, I aim to develop a generalized, physics-based, multi-scale 3D model for snow—a model that may be customized to fit a variety of purposes from water resource engineering to hazard mitigation.
I am most interested in teaching courses in engineering and numerical methods, such as flow in porous media and continuum mechanics. I also would like to continue instructing fundamental engineering courses such as statics, mechanics, structural analysis, and finite element analysis. I am also interested in developing innovative curriculum, for example, a snow and ice mechanics course that covers topics such as the transversely isotropic properties of ice, thermal and micro-structural models of snow, and avalanche flow dynamics. I also would enjoy developing a graduate level course focusing on statistical applications in research.
A science curriculum centered on snow and avalanches was implemented in a 5th grade classroom at Ophir School in Big Sky, MT. The curriculum content was developed by a PhD student as a part of the Graduate Teaching Fellows in K–12 Education Program (GK–12) of the National Science Foundation. The purpose of the curriculum was foremost to provide inquiry-based scientific content that both stimulated and motivated the students. Throughout the academic year, lessons, exercises, and field trips were conducted with particular focus on the decision-making triangle of snow, weather, and terrain. Various resources were utilized including assistance from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center and the Big Sky Ski Patrol. One of the most important aspects of the curriculum is that the 5th grade students were able to participate in the education processes themselves which culminated in their development of a professional-quality poster. The poster was constructed for use as an educational tool for other grade school students and was presented, by the students, at the 2008 International Snow Science Workshop. Overall, the curriculum succeeded in exciting the students about science, with particular emphasis on snow science.
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